The Circling Hour

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The Circling Hour
Iona The Circling Hour.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOct 2, 2006
Recorded2005
GenreProgressive rock, Celtic rock, Christian rock
Length65:00
LabelOpen Sky Records 2006
ProducerDave Bainbridge
Iona chronology
The River Flows
(2002)
The Circling Hour
(2006)
Another Realm
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Phantom Tollbooth(?)[1]
DPRP8.5/10 stars[2]

The Circling Hour is a progressive rock album by Iona, released in 2006. It marked a return to the studio for the band after a break of nearly six years to record a full album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Empyrean Dawn" – 7:49
  2. "Children of Time" – 5:33
  3. "Strength" – 5:59
  4. "Wind off the Lake" – 11:02
  5. "Factory of Magnificent Souls" – 5:02
  6. "Sky Maps" – 6:39
  7. "No Fear in Love" – 5:59
  8. "Wind, Water & Fire - Wind" – 3:30
  9. "Wind, Water & Fire - Water" – 3:00
  10. "Wind, Water & Fire - Fire" – 7:14
  11. "Fragments of a Fiery Sun" – 2:45

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

  • Joanne Hogg - lead and backing vocals, choir chorus, keyboards
  • Dave Bainbridge - electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, bouzouki, choir voices, Hammond organ, wind chimes, high-strung acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, piano, e-bow guitars
  • Troy Donockley - Uilleann pipes, low and high whistles, tofran, bouzouki, vocals, choir voices, e-bow guitar, slide guitar
  • Frank Van Essen - drums, bodhran, shaker, violin, choir voices, darabukkas, finger cymbals, tambourine, djembe, drum pads, tom toms, violas
  • Phil Barker - bass guitar

Additional musician and special guest[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Recorded between July 2005 and March 2006 at Open Sky Studio, Lincolnshire, England, and Studio Frank van Essen, Drachten, Holland
  • Additional recording at Waterworld, Yorkshire, England
  • Hammond organ and piano recorded at Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire, England (engineer Will Bartle)
  • Digital transfers made at DB Studios, Lincoln, England
  • Recorded by Dave Bainbridge, Frank van Essen and Troy Donockley
  • Produced by Dave Bainbridge
  • Mixed by John Kellogg with Dave Bainbridge and Troy Donockley, at Immergent Studios, Los Angeles
  • Mastered by Denis Blackham, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Release details[edit]

  • 2006, UK, Open Sky Records OPENVP11CD, release date September 2006, CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Phantom Tollbooth review
  2. ^ "DPRP : CD & DVD REVIEWS". www.dprp.net. Retrieved 2010-02-27.

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